Many of our social interactions revolve around eating. It is a reason to gather, converse, and spend quality time with friends, family, fellow students or colleagues. At WTW, we specialize in creating unique dining facilities that feature innovative seating arrangements, vibrant interiors, enhanced lighting levels and welcoming social areas. Whether we are creating engaging spaces for students to dine together and be a part of the collegiate community, or designing a facility that is customized to the culture, service and operation of the venue, WTW offers soup to nuts capabilities. From an operations perspective, we understand the importance of an efficient space that maximizes utilization, circulation and efficiency. We also create flexible, adaptable and multi-use design strategies for clients to elevate the customer experience, on both sides of the table.
The Student Activity Center (SAC) dining facility was transformed to create openness and transparency that improves circulation to the retail food concepts. The new food court offers a ‘restaurant experience’ dining area for students to gather, hold events, and socialize.
An inviting light filled stair, with lounge space overlooking the residential quad, reengages the formerly isolated second floor dining into a cohesive experience. The visual connection between the levels integrates a variety of completely new dining venues on both floors.
University Park, PA
A new curvilinear “main street” connects new and renovated areas of the building, showcasing student activities. Food and entertainment are featured throughout including live performances from the stage.
163,459 SF Renovation
As the heart of campus life at Western State, the University Center is warm and welcoming during frigid Rocky Mountain winters and provides engaging outdoor spaces for year-round use.
Designed to complement the historic campus Spanish Mission style, this new center of student life serves as a gateway to the campus and a landmark building for the university. The signature rotunda entrance and open stairway gracefully connect the main entrance to campus.
Located at the crossroads of three major campus axes and the main campus entrance, the Crowley serves as a welcome center for visitors and the hub of student life.
This multi-story Campus Center, nestled between existing campus structures, projects an open and inviting image to students and focuses on student activity in the urban context. Organized around a dramatic two-story entry lobby, this unique facility combines dynamic student life components with an exciting recreational/fitness/wellness center.
New & Renovation
The 1960’s Memorial Center was totally renovated and nearly doubled in size to enhance both its Student Center and Recreation Center components. A new main entrance addition and atrium provides a single point of orientation for both the Student Center and the Rec Center. The work was phased and construction accelerated to allow maximum utilization of existing program spaces during construction.
100,000 SF New /
70,000 SF Renovation
Strategically located to connect the two major pedestrian arteries in the historic heart of the Austin campus, the Student Activity Center at the University of Texas is the vibrant new crossroads of campus life.
Strategically located at the new south campus precinct and integrally connected to the beautiful and historic campus green, the Student Center is both an iconic gateway to campus and the heart of student life.
This major renovation and expansion was based on WTW’s long-range master plan for the facility. Sensitive renovation and additions to the historic mid-twentieth century modern structure, while creating a dynamic contemporary center of student life, were the driving concepts for the design.
Baton Rouge, LA
50,000 SF New /
150,000 SF Renovation
A five story atrium with skylights and escalators provides a strategic link between the older traditional upper campus and the newer academic and residential districts on the lower campus. The atrium is the dynamic center of student life around which a wide array of activities is focused.
Taking advantage of the climate, the Center is organized around an extensive landscaped outdoor courtyard that serves as the hub of student life. The design respects the classic southern California aesthetic that defines the campus.
130,000 SF New /
120,000 SF Renovation
The new Gardner Student Union completely replaced the existing student center on the same site, transforming the sense of community on campus. Phased demolition and construction allowed the student center to remain fully operational during the two phases of construction.
The Davis Student Center has become the hub of student engagement connecting the previously separate academic and residential campus districts. The sustainable design of the facility has led to a campus-wide commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of University life.
LEED Gold (first LEED Gold student union in the US)
During the 1960s, buildings for education often manifested themselves in large “megaplex” facilities. Often both brutal and inflexible, this architecture is now in need of enhancement to meet the needs of today’s college-level students. The challenge at Parkside was to honor this traditional architectural style while updating the renovated facility to include amenities demanded by today’s students.
45,000 SF New / 75,000 SF Renovation
The primary challenge for WTW and local architectural partner Ruck/Pate was to provide an economical yet dynamic student life/dining center that would serve as a new landmark for the University.
22,700 SF New / 19,600 SF Renovation
Returning the Port Sky Café to renewed prominence and the center of campus student activity, the renovated facility is energized by a curving main street that provides passing students the opportunity to view the activities of the reimaged servery, and expanded student dining rooms.
6,700 SF New / 17,353 SF Renovation